Fox to Tell Audiences How to Get to 'Sesame Street' on Big Screen
Hot on the heels of the big screen return of The Muppets, some more of Jim Henson's creations are heading to the big screen again. Heat Vision has word that Shawn Levy, who is quickly becoming as busy as Steven Spielberg, is producing a new Sesame Street feature film for 20th Century Fox. Levy likely won't direct the feature, but Joey Mazzarino, a longtime writer for the show that started way back in 1969, is slated to script the film. Considering Sesame Street has always been more educational than comical, I wouldn't expect something as universally pleasing as The Muppets, but it won't pander to children learning to read.
This isn't the first time Sesame Street has hit the big screen as the 1985 film Follow That Bird and The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland in 1999 saw a theatrical release, but they definitely don't have the same film legacy as the Muppets. However, plenty of big name celebrities have had cameos in the films, not to mention in every single episode of the series. Recently, there's been a lot of clever sketches referencing today's most influential names in pop culture from Katy Perry to Ricky Gervais and even a very spectacular "Mad Men" inspired segment. But there's plenty that can still be done for a feature film.
Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Grover, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster and of course Elmo will probably be along for the ride, as they are the most consistent characters in the dozens of foreign adaptations, but I wonder just what kind of story will bring them all together. Maybe we'll get an Occupy Sesame Street storyline? We don't know yet, but in the meantime, if you want to learn more about Kevin Clash, the man behind the voice and puppet of Elmo, I recommend hitting Netflix Instant to watch Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey, a charming and very interesting documentary.